Two evenings of festivities get under way at the Regency Ballroom in the 17th annual Edwardian World’s Faire and Ball. (Courtesy photo)

Jan. 20-21: Edwardian Ball, Tom Papa, San Francisco Symphony, Native Son, Jonathan Moore, Lucinda Williams, Festival of Experimental Dance, Palo Alto Players

FRIDAY, JAN. 20

Edwardian World’s Faire: The 17th annual, two-day Edwardian extravaganza — featuring live music, theater, fashion, circus, fine art, literature, ballroom dancing, DJs and character play inspired by author and artist Edward Gorey — opens with an event in which “historic and novel characters intermingle.” [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Come to Papa: SF Sketchfest presents standup comic Tom Papa, known for his podcast, radio show and appearances in the movies “Behind the Candelabra” and “Top Five.” [10:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

SF Sketchfest Dozen: Solomon Georgio and Hampton Yount, and host Jane Harrison, present “the next wave of stand-up comedy stars.” [8 and 10:15 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony: James Gaffigan conducts Simone Lamsma performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Mountain,” R. Strauss’ “Dance of the Seven Veils” and Mozart’s Symphony No. 36. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Fresh 2017: In its final weekend, the eighth annual Festival of Experimental Dance offers performances by Kathleen Hermesdorf and Stephanie Maher; Keith Hennessy and J Jha; and Xandra Ibarra and Sophia Wang. [8 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

Lucinda Williams: The great folk, blues, rock and country singer-songwriter, whose latest album is “The Ghosts of Highway 20,” opens a two-night engagement. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Native Son: Nambi E. Kelley’s acclaimed 90-minute adaptation brings Richard Wright’s groundbreaking novel about a young, poor black man living in Chicago to life for a new generation. [7:30 p.m., Marin Theatre Co., 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley]

Jonathan Moore: The writer discusses “The Dark Room,” his San Francisco-set crime noir, which one critic said leaves “an uncomfortable, indelible impression that can’t be shaken by simply putting it down.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

SATURDAY, JAN. 21

A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine: Palo Alto Players open the production, a double feature of wacky one-act Marx Brothers musicals, with an “afterglow party” immediately following the performance. [8 p.m., Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

diane arbus-in the beginning: Images from the first seven years of the famed photographer’s career (1956-1962), are on view in the exhibition organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which opens Saturday and runs through April 30. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.]

City Job Fair: Government agencies — including San Francisco recreation and park, airport, sheriffs, fire, school district, human services, City College, the U.S. Post Office and others — offer information about job and career opportunities. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Betty Ann Ong Recreation Center, 1199 Mason St., S.F.]

Lizzo: The Minneapolis alt hip hop artist also is a “hair-raising gospel singer, a razor-sharp wordsmith, a classically trained flautist and a passionate advocate for feminism and black empowerment.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.

Martin Sexton: The Americana artist from Syracuse, N.Y. (whom John Mayer called “one of the most treasured singer-songwriters I know”) is on his “Mixtape of the Open Road” tour. [8 p.m., Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

West Edge Opera Snapshot: The program presents excerpts from not yet produced works: David Conte and John Stirling Walker’s “Famous,” Stephen Eddins and Michael O’Brien’s “Why I Live at the P.O.,” William David Cooper and Will Dunlap’s “Hagar and Ishmael” and Alden Jenks’ “Afterworld” accompanied by a chamber orchestra with members of the ensemble Earplay. [8 p.m., David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley]

Rock Solid with Pat Francis: SF Sketchfest serves up a live session of the comedy and music podcast, with special guest “Weird” Al Yankovic. [4 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Iron Comic: Inspired by TV’s “Iron Chef,” the comedy show hosts Aisling Bea, Emmy Blotnick, Matt Braunger, Wayne Federman, Nato Green, Moshe Kasher and Eddie Pepitone, who will rush to write a routine in 10 minutes from topics suggested by the audience. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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